Forests And Woodlands Resource Management

To provide financial assistance, through grants or cooperative agreements, to public or private organizations for the improvement of forests on public lands. Improvements will include the maintenance of forest health, forest regeneration, restoration, rehabilitation, insect and disease control, forest development, implementation of stewardship projects and providing for biomass utilization of public lands. For Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded projects additional objectives include: To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.233
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Land Management
Types of Assistance
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING; Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants); TRAINING
Uses and Use Restrictions
Projects are limited to forestry projects on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management located mostly in the Western United States and Alaska. For more specific information contact the headquarters office.
Authorization
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5; Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1737,(b), Public Law 94-579, as amended; and Stewardship End Result Contracting Projects, 16 U.S.C. 2104, Public Law 108-7, Consolidated Appropriation Resolution, 2003, Division F, Title III, Section 323 as amended Public Law 105-277, Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999, Division A, Section 101(e), Title III, Section 347, as amended Public Law 106-113, Making Consolidated Appropriations For the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2000, and For Other Purposes, Division B, Section 1000(a)(3), Title III, Section 341 and Public Law 107-63, Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002, Title III, Section 332.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Anyone/General public.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Anyone/General public.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
For more information and local requirements, cooperative forestry project proposals should be coordinated with Bureau of Land Management local State or District Office. State plan is not required for this program. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal should be submitted through Grants.gov and must include: a title, objectives, timeframes, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement.
Award Procedure
Projects are reviewed at the Bureau of Land Management State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Further information will be available for each project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula requirements. However, matching funds are encouraged by the applicants and those projects are more likely to be funded.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions for most projects, however, most projects are awarded for a five year period and funded on a year-by-year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. No commitment will be made to fund projects beyond one year. New and continuing projects will be re-evaluated each year based on performance, merit, and funding availability. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual, or annual Program Performance Reports 30 days following the reporting period. For any grant or cooperative agreement that is terminated, transferred to a new grantee, or will not be extended a final report is due 90 days after the end date of grant performance. Projects funded under the American Recovery Act of 2009 will be subjected to additional reporting requirements as described in the announcement packages at www.grants.gov. No cash reports are required. Progress reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly financial status reports using Standard Form 425, Federal Financial Report 30 days following the end of the reporting period. A final SF-425 is due 90 days after the end of the grant performance. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records
State, local and Indian Tribal governments shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82. All other recipients shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.953.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2012: BLM continues to maintain and expand partnerships to include funding for continued support of collaborative efforts to build community capacity and support for ecological restoration efforts in forest and woodlands. The public and BLM benefit from its support with partners in heightening public understanding of the social, economic, as well as environmental, aspects of ecosystem restoration and maintenance. BLM awarded stewardship cooperative agreements to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuels and restore woodlands. The project will cover nearly 30,000 acres over the next 10 years. Fiscal Year 2013: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2014: No current data available.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1108-0-1-302 - Recovery Act (14-09/10-1108-0-1-302); 14-1109-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 $2,700,000; FY 13 est $2,700,000; and FY 14 est $2,700,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have ranged from $1,000 to $450,900. Average amounts approximately $61,500 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Division Chief, Forest and Woodland Management, Bureau of Land Management (WO 270), 1849 C St., N.W, 204 LS, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 452-0316.
Website Address
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/forests_and_woodland.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012: Stewardship projects that removed vegetation to promote healthy forest stands and reduced fire hazards. Projects that promoted an integrated approach that included local community participation in the developing strategies for biomass utilization, recognizing the connections between biomass utilization and forest restoration, and encouraged sustainable development through a variety of enterprises at different and appropriate scales. Projects that cooperatively supported common goals and interests in managing, developing and protecting federal and private land and water resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner. The BLM continued to fund the Wyoming Front Aspen Restoration project. This project is a 10 year stewardship cooperative agreement between BLM and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The project is reducing hazardous fuels and improving wildlife habitat by restoring historical aspen stands. Products from this project have included sawlogs, biomass for energy and oil pad remediation and Christmas trees. The BLM funded the Boise District Wildlife Habitat project. This project is a 10 year stewardship cooperative agreement between BLM and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The project is reducing hazardous fuels and improving wildlife habitat. Biomass from the project will be used for power. Fiscal Year 2013: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2014: No current data available.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
General criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their direct relationship to Federal lands and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.
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